You Ask, I Answer_ Humanity, Empathy, and Audience-Centric Marketing

Pradeep asks, “Many people argue that a basic Marketing ethic that most of the Marketers have overlooked in the recent years is Humanity. How would invoking Humanization help to appeal more to the audiences?”

In many ways, this is the wrong question to ask. Humanity – human nature – is at the root of marketing’s problems: we want to serve our own needs. The answer isn’t humanity, or even empathy – it’s staying laser-focused on how we solve other people’s problems, how we help others first. Watch the video for more details, especially the differences among sympathy, empathy, and audience-centric marketing.

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In today’s you ask I answer Pradeep asks, many people argue that a basic marketing ethic that most marketers have overlooked in recent years is humanity. How would invoking humanity help to appeal to more audiences. The answer is, it won’t and here’s why humanity human ization things like that don’t solve marketing’s fundamental problem marketing’s fundamental problem is that we are inherently self centered. We want to sell the thing, hey, we’ve got the thing here’s the thing by the thing fill out this form to do the thing, subscribe to a newsletter to get the thing,

but we’re not audience centric our audience

is just constantly asking, well, what’s in it for me. Why should I do this thing and when generally speaking as marketers, we do a pretty job of explaining why someone else should care about our thing.

We instead get upset or irritated when people don’t do the thing and so many conversations in in in the C suite stuff like, Well, why isn’t marketing working better working better well because it’s not serving the needs of the audience. So it’s not that we need more humanity and marketing. It’s we need more audience centricity

the word that people like to use for audience centric marketing is empathy and that’s got its own issues because a lot of the time

people a mix up sympathy and empathy sympathy is to feel to participate in someone else’s feelings.

I’m sorry your marketing is not working well is sympathy

empathy is

participating in someone else’s experience walking a mile in their shoes and,

in theory, that’s the right approach because in theory empathy should.

lead to audience centric marketing in practice. We’re all human for good or ill, which means that we can’t get out of our own way. We can’t think past ourselves I have this problem every single day

I’m helping to run a start up and

we want to grow the business well to do that need to have customers and to get customers, you need to solve their problems not our problems are problems. Nobody cares about our businesses problems, everybody cares about solving their own problems. So how do we solve other people’s problems. So the question of humanity or human ization and marketing is the wrong question. The answer is, how do we bring in more empathy

more walking on my honor audiences shoes.

But most of all, how do we solve our audiences.

problems. So the number one thing for a marketer to do is

put yourself in that role of whoever you’re trying to sell to us a What problem do I have and put it in emotional terms, put it in very simple terms, hey, if you’re if you have a b2b audience you your audience has four problems right helped me make money, help me save money, help me save time or help me prove my value so that I don’t get fired right if you’re a b2c audience

you basically solving for is a similar problems right entertain me educate me engage me or provide me some utility right so

if you sell coffee, you’re selling experience which is engagement,

but you’re selling utility to right, which

means stay awake in the mornings. If you’re selling chewing gum you’re providing utility maybe a little bit entertainment. If you’re selling soap. A really good example. Dr. Bronner’s soap.

The bottles are covered in this very race fine print but lots of little entertaining stuff on it. So there’s the utility, but there’s also the entertainment and a little bit of engagement or experience. I guess you would say,

and so

we have to sit here as marketers and go, Okay, how can we add either b2c Entertainment engagement experience education utility or for b2b. How do we help a company save money. Make Money save time or proven value and we got to be so

basic so practical so obvious in this if I’m selling you analytic services.

It’s not big because it is not just the services of analytics. It is generally someone else’s asking you to prove the value of what you’re doing and by extension proved that you should still have a job

and so.

When we think about our product offering. It’s not Hey, we’ll help you fix your analytics. It’s help. Hey, we’ll help you prove why you should not be fired right or you should not be laid off

so humanity is less important than empathy. Empathy is less important than solving people’s problems. So for everyone who’s thinking about how do I make my my marketing more human and age automation. Don’t worry about it. Solve people’s problems clearly solve people’s problems as always please subscribe to the newsletter in the in the YouTube channel. If you find this helpful if you don’t find this helpful, please let me know why so that I can help you solve your problems better leave a message in the comments. Philip Global Forum. If you want to submit it that way if you don’t want it to be public

and will do my best to solve your problems. Thanks for watching.


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